Lagos - The Nigerian Prisons Service has confirmed that three inmates died while two warders were injured during a riot in an overcrowded jail in Lagos.
"From the reports I gathered, three inmates died during the protest. No staff died. Though two warders were hospitalised following injuries they sustained," Acting Comptroller General of Prisons Okwara Uche Kalu told reporters late on Wednesday.
Kalu's statement contradicted an earlier one by Internal Affairs Minister Mogaji Mohammed that nobody was killed on Tuesday when warders fired shots to quell a protest by inmates of Ikoyi Prison against an attempt by guards to confiscate weapons and move some of them to another jail.
"The protest started when our officers were conducting a routine search of the prisoners. It was in the process the inmates set the office ablaze. Some prison records were also burnt," Kalu said.
He said the warders discovered during the search that some inmates were in possession of weapons like cutlasses, knives, daggers and mobile telephones.